For Immediate Release:
23 April 2018
VICTORY! BCF PULLS CRUEL TRAPS FROM ONLINE STORE FOLLOWING PETA CAMPAIGN
Inhumane ‘Set-and-Forget’ Devices Suspected to Have Killed Hundreds of Near-Threatened Platypuses in Last 12 Months
Melbourne – After hearing from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Victorian Alliance for Platypus-Safe Yabby Traps, retail chain BCF has removed cruel yabby, or “opera house”, traps from its online store.
In the past year, 14 platypuses have been found dead after having drowned in such traps in Victoria’s public waters. It’s estimated that several hundred others have died and remain unfound because of the “set-and-forget” nature of the devices.
“We commend BCF on doing the right thing for platypuses and other wildlife by withdrawing these cruel traps from its inventory – and we’re looking to other retailers to follow its lead,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “It’s widely recognised that yabby traps cause animals an agonising death by drowning. And when mothers are caught, their young are left to starve to death, wiping out entire families.”
Leaving yabby traps in public waters is illegal in Victoria, and last December, PETA offered a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the identification and conviction of anyone responsible for leaving such traps unmonitored.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – notes that all fishing nets are indiscriminate killers. Enclosed yabby traps are known to ensnare unintended victims, including rakali (water rats), freshwater turtles, and aquatic birds.
The group is now urging Anaconda, Aussie Disposals, CH Smith Marine, and Kmart to follow BCF’s compassionate example and stop selling yabby traps.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.